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10 Books You Can Read If You Want To Know More About Coffee

10 Books You Can Read If You Want To Know More About Coffee

Here are 10 must-read books, suitable for bean connoisseurs, industry insiders, coffee geeks and those that simply love to wake up to the smell of a freshly roasted cup of Joe. These books are available at most national bookstores, online and in NOOK eBook Reader format.

1. The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting and Drinking, with Recipes by James Freeman

Suitable for everyone from beginners to geeks and professionals, The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee discusses coffee in all its aspects, “from farm to cup.” It includes tutorials, covering how to roast the beans and brew the perfect cup using a variety of methods. As the author says, “Making an espresso is a performance that lasts ninety seconds and then you’re done.” So take the time to do it right. It also includes 30 recipes that use coffee in baking, like Coffee Panna Cotta.

Author James Freeman is the founder of Blue Bottle, one of the country’s leading artisan roasters. His wife Caitlin, a nationally known pastry cook, provided the recipes.

2. God in a Cup: the Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Coffee by Michaele Weissman

Trying to figure out who would pay $100 for a pound of coffee? Wonder about the geeks and pros that lead the artisan coffee field? God in a Cup: the Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Coffee will fill you in on the personalities in this highly specialized area of the coffee industry. The author shares the stories of the people at Counter Culture, Intelligentsia, Stump-town and more.

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Michaele Weissman is a freelance journalist and skilled home cook who has written several books. Her articles are regularly published in the Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

3. The World Atlas of Coffee: from Beans to Brewing by James Hoffman

The World Atlas of Coffee: from Beans to Brewing is for both coffee drinkers and industry professionals. Author James Hoffman said of his reason for writing the book, “I wanted to make more coffee accessible rather than make it more mysterious and exclusive.” The books is a global tour, complete with numerous maps, exploring who grows which types of beans, who consumes it, and the cultures involved.

James Hoffman co-founded Square Mile Coffee Roasters in London and is the blogger on Jimseven.

4. Everything But Espresso by Scott Rao

If the science of brewing the ultimate cup of coffee interests you, this is the book to read. Divided into three parts, it starts with coffee extraction and moves on to how to use different brew methods and the importance of using the best water and storing beans the right way.

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Scott Rao, a coffee consultant since 1992, became an author with a goal, “These books are my attempt to give baristas what I had been missing all those years,” when all he could find were coffee books that were descriptive but not practical and relevant for those in the profession.

5. Coffee Life in Japan by Merry White

Japan embraced coffee in the early 1900s. In fact, this interest is what helped to establish the coffee industry in Brazil. The author looks at Japan’s fascination with the brew in terms of social change, pleasure, the uses of public space and how cafes have influenced Japanese culture. In turn, their coffee rituals are impacting the way people in North America and Europe enjoy their coffee.

Merry White has a PhD from Harvard University in Sociology and was Director of the Project on Human Potential at Harvard Graduate School of Education in the 1980s.

6. The Infinite Emotions of Coffee by Alon Y. Halevy

Interested in how coffee has shaped the lives of individuals in cultures around the world? Check out The Infinite Emotions of Coffee. For example, one story tells about the Cup of Excellence awards, the Oscars of Coffee, in Brazil. “Claudio Carneiro Pinto, the owner of Grota Sao Pedro, an organic farm in Minas Gerais, was now being showered with admiration typically reserved in this country for goal-scoring soccer heroes.” The author tells the coffee story with romance and passion.

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Alon Y. Halevy, a former professor of computer science and engineering and currently executive director of the Recruit Institute of Technology in the San Francisco area, is fascinated with the lore of coffee.

7. The East India Company Book of Coffee by Antony Wild

The East India Company Book of Coffee gives caffeine lovers a comprehensive look at the fascinating history of coffee. The author explores the origins of popular blends, the varied methods that have developed for brewing it and how different cultures like to drink theirs.

Antony Wild, a leading British expert on tea and coffee, is an author and broadcaster who has travelled to many of the countries where both are grown.

8. The Birth of Coffee by Daniel Lorenzetti and Linda Rice Lorenzetti

The Birth of Coffee looks at the impact coffee has had around the world. With 100 duotone photos (toned using coffee), this book explores the world’s favorite beverage in all its complexity, from the places and people who grow it to the big business that brings it to market. After reading it, you’ll never consider it a simple cup of coffee again.

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Daniel Lorenzetti is a documentary photographer, explorer and author. He is married to co-author Linda Rice Lorenzetti, Editorial Director of The Image Expedition and author.

9. Espresso Coffee, the Science of Quality edited by Andrea Illy and Rinantonio Viani

If the technology of coffee is your thing, you’ll want Espresso Coffee, the Science of Quality on your bookshelf. Relying on the work of experts, it looks at the chemistry and advanced technology available for espresso. Starting from the beginning, it deals with farming methods and green coffee processing and moves on to how to roast, grind, package and brew.

Andrea Illy is the CEO of illycaffe, a worldwide coffee business. Rinantonio Viani works at Nestle Research Laboratories in Switzerland.

10. 33 Cups of Coffee published by David Selden

After learning so much about the daily grind, here is your chance to record your own coffee experiences. 33 Cups of Coffee, suitable for baristas and other professionals, as well as coffee lovers who appreciate a good cup, is just 3.5” x 5”. It is made to be filled out quickly and easily, with a checklist for the brew method, a flavor wheel, places for when and where you analyzed your cup, notes and rating.

David Selden, owner of publishing house 33 Books Co., his one-man operation, specializes in tasting maps for a range of consumables, including wine, beer and whisky, and of course, coffee.

Featured photo credit: bbAAER via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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